Lou Bega‘s ‘Mambo No. 5′ is one of those songs that you can’t help but love, even if you hate it. That intense bass beginning, the infectious beat, the lyrics that will take up brain space forever more. It’s got everything.
On this day in 1999, the classic bop reached the heady heights of No.1 on the UK singles chart. So whilst everyone else is reminiscing about an Oasis anniversary, here we decided to jump straight back into our childhoods with this. It was the time of the primary school discos, the flame covered shirts and glitter body paint. What a time to be alive.
But did you know that this wasn’t the first time the song had entered the world? Back in 1949, Cuban-Mexican bandleader Perez Prado wrote and recorded the instrumental original. Lou Bega simply took that originally, spiced it up a bit and added those catchy lyrics, creating a song that can quite happily go down as one of the best ever made.
You know what to do. Stick this on as loud as you can and pretend you’re ten again. I guarantee no one will judge you… possibly.